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Go Fly A Kite!

There are lots of places on my burger to-do list. Some of them are places that are new to me, but a lot of them are places that I’ve been before but haven’t had a chance to try the burger. Case in point: Kite & Key, frequented many times during stops on the Craft Beer Express, yet never ordered from the food menu – until now! I stopped in for lunch to check out their signature Kite & Key burger, a ½ pound ground Angus beer patty topped with cheddar cheese, bacon and fried shoestring onions on a toasted brioche bun.

The burger was ordered medium but came out slightly more on the medium-well to well done side, with a nice char on the outside of the patty. The bacon was nice and crispy and the onion strings gave everything a nice little crunch. The burger to bun ratio was perfect. While the burger itself may not have been as juicy as I would have liked, I still really enjoyed it. If you’re heading out for Philly Beer Week events this weekend, definitely swing by Kite & Key’s annual Throwdown in Franklintown event and fuel up with one of their burgers!

Burger rating: “C”

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Diner Disappointments

Recently I was reading through a blog of a local chef and was surprised to see that despite all the hype of other burgers in Philadelphia, her favorite was a mouthwatering-sounding, simple diner burger from a place in my neighborhood of Roxborough (Which may as well be another universe to people living in the city proper). I couldn’t believe this burger unicorn was just blocks away from where I lived, so I popped on down to Bob’s Diner to check it out.

Her description touted “a massive juicy patty on a toasty, buttery roll with bacon, barbecue sauce, cheddar and thin fried onion rings“, which led to me ordering the Smokey Burger (official menu name). And since I was feeling a little wild on a Saturday night (and not going on a date later), I ordered onion rings instead of fries.

My burger arrived and it was nothing to write home about. It was just a slim patty on top of a kaiser roll. Where was the toasty, buttery roll? Where was this massive patty? I felt like I’d been duped.

That’s it?

The burger was cooked through (I wasn’t asked how I wanted it cooked, anyway) and there was a lot of bun going on, which was ok I guess since something needed to contain the onion strings and BBQ sauce. Don’t get me wrong, it was tasty, but certainly quite a let down after what I’d envisioned in my head. At least the onion rings were decent.

I know I shouldn’t have expected so much from a diner, but Silk City is a local diner with pretty decent, upscale selections, so I thought maybe it would run in the same vein – especially since Bob’s seems to be pretty notable in the area. But the workers were nice and the place was clean, so I’ll give them credit for that. However, if you’re looking for a good burger to be had in Roxborough, this isn’t the place.

Burger rating: D

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